This copy of the rules is provided here for convenience. Should there be a conflict between what is published here and the rules published on Motorsport South Africa’s website, the rules published on MSA’s website will prevail.

Updates to these rules may be made during the season by way of circulars.

Introduction:

GT Sports & Saloons is a category of circuit car racing conceived and promoted by Zwartkops. The aim is to provide fun competitive racing that is appealing for the spectators at the Extreme Festivals.

1) Objective

  • To provide racing that is rewarding for the competitor and sponsors, and exciting for the spectator.
  • To showcase modern cars and recognisable brands.
  • To declare annual winners per class and an overall champion.

2) Eligibility of Competitor

  • GT SnS is an invitation series where the GT SnS committee (the Committee) reserves the right to accept or decline any membership/entry.
  • All Competitors must hold a minimum of a current club circuit racing MSA license
  • Everyone who takes part in the series must be a paid-up member of the club.
  • Any driver/car combination that has posted a time quicker than a 1.07:000 at Zwartkops, or 2 seconds quicker than the breakout time at any other circuit, in any series, is not eligible to take part in GT SnS

3) Eligibility of Vehicle

GT SnS is an invitation series where the Committee reserves the right to accept or decline any entry. Vehicles will be considered based on the following criteria:

  • The vehicle must be based on a production model (no spaceframe or racing specials);
  • No Rotary engines allowed.
  • All vehicles must meet MSA circuit racing safety requirements. (I.e. roll cage, fire extinguisher, etc.).
  • The vehicle must be presentable and conform to the aesthetical standards strived for by Extreme Festival.
  • No in-car lap timing equipment (of any sort) is allowed during Any official session, qualifying or any race. The onus is on the driver of any car, equipped with a timing device, to satisfy the committee/scrutineers with compliance to this rule; this includes no electronic pit to car communication. Transgression of this rule will result in exclusion from the championship, and all points will be forfeited.
  • ALL vehicles will display the series sponsors decals on their vehicles in the correct position –for those who take part in more than one series, you will still need to carry the series sponsor decals, the front windscreen decal will need to be on the windscreen (top or bottom) or on the roof directly above the top windscreen decal already on your vehicle. The door backings will need to have at the very least the Sponsor decal above the number on your car.

4) Classes

CircuitLap Times
Zwartkops1.08
Phakisa1.50
Midvaal1.11:5
RSR (Clockwise)2.08
RSR (Anti-Clockwise)2.10
Dezzi1.30
East London1.30
Aldo Scribante1.06:5

At any new circuit (or first time visit for the series) and where the times need adjusting, class times will be posted on the official notice board.

5) Breakout

If a competitor records a lap time faster than the lap time specified in point 4. above in qualifying by more than 0.5sec a 5 place penalty will be imposed for the grid for race 1. If a competitor breaks out in a race, by more than 0.001s, he/she will receive a time penalty of 1sec per racing minute which will be added to the total race time. If a competitor records a lap time faster than the lap time specified in point 4. by more than 1.0sec in either race or in qualifying the competitor will be disqualified from that session.

6) Championship Scoring

Points will be scored as follows: 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 for each race separately

  • All other competitors classified as finishers in the results published by the organisers of the meeting get 1 point.
  • All competitors at an event will score additional points for partaking in an event as follows: a competitors 1st event= +1 additional point; 2nd event = +2 additional points; 3rd event = +3 additional points; up to a maximum of 4 additional points per event.
  • To qualify to score points you have to complete a lap in any official timed session of the race meeting (practice, warm up, qualifying or a lap in either race).
  • All races score points and count towards the overall championship.

Any competitor who does less than 3 rounds in the championship, points will be disregarded at the end of the season

8) Driver Conduct

Guidelines for CoC and Officials of the meeting:

  • Any competitor who disadvantages another competitor by bumping said competitors vehicle, even unintentionally, which results in the loss of a place(s) during a race will, at the discretion of the Clerk of the course, generally be penalised so as to finish behind the competitor that was disadvantaged.
  • More severe penalties will be applied in the case of repeat offenders.
  • The vehicle ahead of any other vehicle in any “train” of two or more vehicles on the circuit may only change direction once in a straight line from one exit of one corner up to and including the entrance to the next corner unless involved in a genuine overtaking manoeuvre.
  • The clear objective is that all racing will take place on the paved circuit. Contact of any nature, including so called rubbing, is highly undesirable during racing in the series. The aim is to ensure fast, competitive motorsport, where drivers use their skills to win races and championships on the track. The situations dealt with herein, relate to the behaviour of drivers in very competitive situations. The document is aimed at influencing drivers to race competitively but without destroying their own and/or other competitors’ vehicles and serves to provide the CoC of the day with guidelines to apply consistent penalties if required.
  • Yellow Card System – Officials of the meeting may issue yellow cards to drivers, and ensure the committee gets the official documents of the offence.
  • If a competitor receives a yellow card he or she will be penalised as follows:
  • 1st yellow card: no penalty
  • 2nd yellow card: less 1 point
  • 3rd yellow card: less additional 2 points
  • 4th yellow card: less additional 3 points
  • 5th yellow card: less additional 4 points
  • 6th yellow card: less additional 6 points
  • 7th yellow card: less additional 8 points
  • 8th yellow card: less additional 10 points + suspended for the remainder of the championship

9) Grids and Starts

  • Qualifying will determine the grid for race1. The finishing order of race1 will be the grid for race2.
  • A competitor who is competing in another category on the same day may elect to use the time set in that qualifying session for the GT SnS grid and not to set a time in the GT SnS qualifying session, unless adverse weather conditions dictate an unfair advantage.
  • A competitor who does not set a time in qualifying, or race1 may apply to the COC to start at the back of the class.
  • All Starts are rolling starts.
  • No overtaking is allowed before the start line of the race.

10) Trophies

Although points will be scored on a per race basis, trophies are awarded on the combined race times of race 1 and race 2 (or race 3 in the event that there are three races on a day).

11) Exchanging Cars and Spare Cars

The car used by the driver in his/her first timed GT SnS session of the day is the car nominated by the driver for the event. No spare or T-cars allowed.

12) Number of starters:

If there are less than 12 starters the committee may decide to combine the GT SnS race with another category to increase the spectator appeal on the day.

13) Additions and Amendments:

Any provision unforeseen in drawing up these regulations and specifications, or any additions or amendments to be made thereto, shall be the subject of a circular to these rules, issued by the GT SnS Committee.